In Sea­son: Kumquats

Natural Solutions - - Publisher's Note -

You don’t have to be at the Kumquat Fes­ti­val in Dade City, Florida to ap­pre­ci­ate the mas­sive ap­peal of th­ese tiny or­anges. Although Dade City is con­sid­ered to be the “kumquat cap­i­tal of the United States,” the fruit orig­i­nated in China, where its name roughly trans­lates to “gold or­ange.” Th­ese cherry-sized ovals are packed full of potas­sium, vi­ta­mins A and C, and a gen­er­ous hunk of fiber (yes, you are sup­posed to eat the skin). As such, the mini cit­rus blasts in­crease im­mu­nity, de­crease risk of in­flam­ma­tion, can­cer, and di­a­betes, and keep your ticker in work­ing or­der. In sea­son from Jan­uary through April, kumquats’ stash of ri­boflavin will give you the jolt of en­ergy you need to jump­start your body af­ter a long bout of win­ter lethargy. To get your fix, choose firm spec­i­mens that are bright or­ange, not tinted green. Store for up to 3 days on the counter or 2 weeks in the re­frig­er­a­tor. Other than just eat­ing them raw, kumquats are of­ten made into mar­malades. We like adding them to a cit­rusy cocktail for added tart­ness. We came across Songa De­signs In­ter­na­tional, an ac­ces­sories line made by un­der-re­sourced women in Rwanda, East Africa. Th­ese women cre­ate beau­ti­ful jew­elry while work­ing to­wards eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence for them­selves and their fam­i­lies. The de­signs are handmade by the women us­ing all nat­u­ral, eco-friendly, and lo­cal ma­te­ri­als, such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, pewter metal, re­cy­cled lo­cal fab­ric and pa­per beads, re-pur­posed cow horn, and seed beads. Each piece is unique and car­ries a mean­ing and story be­hind it. Visit their web­site to learn more about th­ese strong women, earth-friendly fash­ion, and a great cause. // songade­signs.com Ben­zi­dene is a hu­man and an­i­mal car­cino­gen found and per­mit­ted in Red 40, Yel­low 5, and Yel­low 6. In 1985, the FDA ex­pressed that ben­zi­dene can in­crease can­cer risk, but not to their thresh­old of con­cern—one can­cer case in 1 mil­lion peo­ple.

Fe­bru­ary Cor­rec­tion: Our sin­cer­est apolo­gies go out to our read­ers and Kalot Su­per­foods. We mis­printed their web­site in the Fe­bru­ary is­sue. The cor­rect web ad­dress is kalot­su­per­foods.com.

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